David Donovan is the pen name of Terry T. Turner, Ph.D., former Professor of Urology and Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Now Professor Emeritus, Dr. Turner is an expert in the basic science of andrology (male reproductive biology and medicine) and enjoyed an international reputation in that field. For writings outside of science he has adopted the pen name of David Donovan.
David grew up in southern Georgia and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 1967. After university he spent a period of service in the U. S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He returned to the University in 1970 to attend graduate school and completed his Ph. D. in 1974. He took post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX then received a faculty appointment at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1976. He became a full Professor in 1991 and Professor Emeritus in 2008. His first book, Once a Warrior King (1985), was about his experiences in Vietnam. The book received good reviews in major newspapers and magazines across the country, but the demands of David's scientific profession restricted his time for further writing outside of science. Becoming Professor Emeritus freed him from that restraint and allowed him to write Murphy Station, which was published in 2010. The book was a memoir about growing up in the American South during the time of racial integration and the Cold War, but his most recent book, Counterinsurgency: What the United States Learned in Vietnam, Chose to Forget, and Needs to Know Today, returns to Vietnam. The book addresses the lessons of counterinsurgency that he and others learned in that conflict with the hope it will influence the thinking and actions of policy planners and operatives in the field, alike.
David is married to wife, Susan, with whom he has two children, Heather and Patrick. Excellent people all! He enjoys travel—the being there, not the getting there—and is glad for chances he has had to explore new places and new cultures. Having moved from Virginia to his home town in southern Georgia he enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and puttering around on his family’s farm. He also likes indoor activities like exploring library stacks and watching classic movies.